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Best areas in Washington, D.C. for foodies?

I'm looking for great restaurants to indulge during my two week visit to D.C. with my sister. What areas of D.C. are great for foodies and any restaurant recommendations would be much appreciated!

8 Answers

top answer by
Evanne from Chiang Mai, Thailand

There are some great answers on here already, so I just wanted to add Duke's Grocery in Dupont and 1789 Restaurant for an upscale dinner in Georgetown. 14th St NW has new places popping up all the time in variety of styles and price ranges. For a funkier feel, try H St NW like Argonaut for brunch.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Duke's Grocery (restaurant)
  2. 1789 Restaurant (attraction)
  3. 14th St NW (attraction)
  4. H St NW (attraction)
  5. Argonaut (restaurant)
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answered by
marilyn from Washington, DC

Shaw - just west of Logan Circle is the hippest area for restaurants right now, with new places opening all the time. Check out James Beard award winning Chef RJ Cooper at Rogue 24, the ham and sherry bar Mockingbird HillEat the RichSouthern Efficiency and more. The hottest ticket is the chef-table style restaurant Table where Chef Frederick de Pue serves farm to table European fare.

14th St NW - has one great restaurant after another, including Steven Starr's first DC venture, Le Diplomate brasserie. Chef Michael Schlow at Tico is another James Beard winner, serving Mexican / Spanish cuisine. 

Dupont Circle - people line up for prix-fixe Thai food at Little Serow just next to one of the best restaurants in the city, Komi with Mediterranean food.  Personally, I love the half-off happy hour specials at Sushi Taro but shhhh...   

Other Neighborhoods - People love Jose Andreas' Jaleo and Minibar By José AndrésRose's Luxury on Barracks Row is totally worth the wait, especially for that pork habanero lychee salad, and the amazing service. Toki Underground on H Street Corridor transports you somewhere else. If you have time, head to Chef Tim Ma's Water & Wall Restaurant or maple ave restaurant - because honestly, a lot of great food here is in the 'burbs.

Recently revitalized Union Market is a great place to try a few favorites, like Red Apron ButcherMason Dixie Biscuit Co. Pop-UpDC EmpanadasPeregrine Espresso and more.  

DC is definitely becoming a foodie destination! Cheers!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Shaw (neighborhood)
  2. Rogue 24 (restaurant)
  3. Mockingbird Hill (restaurant)
  4. Eat the Rich (restaurant)
  5. Southern Efficiency (restaurant)
  6. Table (restaurant)
  7. 14th St NW (attraction)
  8. Le Diplomate (restaurant)
  9. Tico (restaurant)
  10. Dupont Circle (attraction)
  11. Little Serow (restaurant)
  12. Komi (restaurant)
  13. Sushi Taro (restaurant)
  14. Jaleo (restaurant)
  15. Minibar By José Andrés (restaurant)
  16. Rose's Luxury (restaurant)
  17. Barracks Row (attraction)
  18. Toki Underground (restaurant)
  19. H Street Corridor (attraction)
  20. Water & Wall Restaurant (restaurant)
  21. maple ave restaurant (restaurant)
  22. Union Market (attraction)
  23. Red Apron Butcher (attraction)
  24. Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. Pop-Up (restaurant)
  25. DC Empanadas (attraction)
  26. Peregrine Espresso (attraction)
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answered first by
Tiffany from Corvallis

Ok, so number one place to go is the fairly new, but always amazing Rose's Luxury. Go, eat. It's worth waiting for. The service is as amazing as the food.

The area near the ballpark is being renovated, so the new Yards Park is a nice area to explore with several coffee shops and restaurants and a nice walking path along the water. Check out Bluejacket brewery and restaurant. The difficulty there is to decide what to order.

For an intense area of tons of food and restaurant options, go to Georgetown (Washington DC) - it's probably the easiest place to go and eat a ton of different things. For a bit for sweet, go to Baked & Wired, but order your Stumptown coffee and hand pie to go and eat it along the canal or down along the riverfront as the seating is limited inside. In Georgetown (Washington DC), try chocolates at Fleurir Hand Grown Chocolates or fudge at the iconic Thomas Sweet. Though people rave about Georgetown Cupcake, Sprinkles Cupcakes are a million times better.  For real food, there are two great Italian places just a block from Baked and Wired near the canal, try Il Canale or Ristorante Piccolo - the first is great for pizza.

For something different, go to U Street for Ethiopian. DC is known for the best Ethiopian food outside of Ethiopia. Etete is good, but I've heard that Axum Ethiopian Restaurant is better. Dukem is nearby and good as well if you feel like trying all three. Be prepared to eat with your hands. This is typical and part of the fun.

Because I love pizza... try a slice and some home made soda at We, The Pizza. It's simple, but delish and on the way to the Eastern Market where you can have pancakes and find fun ingredients for a picnic.

Although it ends up being touristy, don't overlook the slightly pricey Mitsitam Cafe. It's quality, authentic, delicious, and gives you an education in native foods from all over the US.

This is just the tip of the ice burg... explore and try something new. I find great places all the time just by being spontaneous.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Rose's Luxury (restaurant)
  2. Yards Park (attraction)
  3. Bluejacket (restaurant)
  4. Georgetown (Washington DC) (neighborhood)
  5. Baked & Wired (restaurant)
  6. Fleurir Hand Grown Chocolates (attraction)
  7. Thomas Sweet (attraction)
  8. Georgetown Cupcake (restaurant)
  9. Sprinkles Cupcakes (restaurant)
  10. Il Canale (restaurant)
  11. Ristorante Piccolo (restaurant)
  12. U Street (attraction)
  13. Etete (restaurant)
  14. Axum Ethiopian Restaurant (restaurant)
  15. Dukem (restaurant)
  16. We, The Pizza (restaurant)
  17. Eastern Market (attraction)
  18. Mitsitam Cafe (restaurant)
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Georgetown (Washington DC) is a great place for restaurants.

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  1. Georgetown (Washington DC) (neighborhood)
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answered by
Lincoln from Dallas, Texas

Dupont Circleis a spectacular place for a foodie to rome around! There's a wide variety of casual and fine dining restaurant in the area. Scion Restaurant for brunch, Golden Brown Delicious for a casual indulgence of fried chicken and doughnuts, Boqueria Washington DC for a tapas style lunch, and either Pizzeria Paradiso or CIRCA at Dupont for dinner! You also have to go to Ben's Chili Bowl for an authentic/historical meal! 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Dupont Circle (attraction)
  2. Scion Restaurant (restaurant)
  3. Golden Brown Delicious (attraction)
  4. Boqueria Washington DC (restaurant)
  5. Pizzeria Paradiso (restaurant)
  6. CIRCA at Dupont (restaurant)
  7. Ben's Chili Bowl (restaurant)
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answered by
Frances from North Carolina

There are so many and they are always changing.  My daughter lives there and we have been to a lot.  However, we do have our favorites.  The Bombay Club, you feel like you are in a 1940's movie setting.  Great service and great food.  Any restaurant by Jose Andres especially barmini and Minibar By José Andrés.  Yes, they are different. This is a splurge for us but we are never disappointed .  Rasika is great.  For a great breakfast or lunch try Founding Farmers.  Blue Duck TavernCorduroyRed HenRippleProofBlackSaltZaytinya.

Those are just some of our favorites.  Be sure to ask any 25-35 year old you see on the street.  Seems that they spend an inordinate amount of time checking out the newest happy hour and dinner places.  Enjoy Washington!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Bombay Club (restaurant)
  2. barmini (restaurant)
  3. Minibar By José Andrés (restaurant)
  4. Rasika (restaurant)
  5. Founding Farmers (restaurant)
  6. Blue Duck Tavern (restaurant)
  7. Corduroy (restaurant)
  8. Red Hen (restaurant)
  9. Ripple (restaurant)
  10. Proof (restaurant)
  11. BlackSalt (restaurant)
  12. Zaytinya (restaurant)
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answered by
Lynn from Washington, DC

Check out restaurants in Adams Morgan neighborhood.

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  1. Adams Morgan (attraction)
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answered by
Ben from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Lots of restaurants - plus new ones are opening regularly.  A cult favorite is Toki Underground for Ramen.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Toki Underground (restaurant)
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